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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What do the men note about the commandant?
2. During the offensive, when does the squad come under fire?
3. While on leave, the men see a poster in a store's window display which depicts which of the following?
4. How does Lamuse react to seeing Eudoxie's body?
5. What does Bertrand say about prophecies?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There is a wide gap in perceptions about the war between the soldiers who are fighting it and the civilians who learn about its progress from the media. A few times in the novel, the soldiers come into direct conflict with this misunderstanding, but do little to correct it.
Part 1) Describe how the civilians perceive the state and progress of the war. How accurate are these perceptions?
Part 2) How does the media shape the perceptions of the civilians of France? Does this manipulation seem intentional? Speculate about the motives of the media.
Part 3) Explain how the poilus perceive the war. How does this differ from public perception? Why do the soldiers fail to speak out to correct the civilians?
Essay Topic 2
Lamuse is a unique character with strange, but internally consistent behavior. He is eccentric, but extremely loyal to his squad. Among the many normal men the narrator describes being drawn into the war, Lamuse learns to adapt well and demonstrates his strong character at many points in the novel.
Part 1) Describe Lamuse as a character. Who is he? Where does he come from? What is his appearance? What are his personality traits?
Part 2) The narrator often uses comparisons to various animals to describe Lamuse. Cite some of these examples and explain their purpose. What do these comparisons establish about Lamuse?
Part 3) Explain some of Lamuse's eccentricities and odd behavior, as well as some ways that he demonstrates his loyalty and dedication to the squad.
Essay Topic 3
The scale of the war is important to many themes in the novel, and the men of the squad have opportunities to glimpse a portion of its full size. The strategic development of deep fronts that are hundreds of miles long necessitates huge armies, and the drive for advanced and numerically superior firepower requires volumes of weapons and material. The scale of the war makes it difficult for the men to fully understand, and it makes them uninformed pawns in a game far too large to be seen from ground-level.
Part 1) Cite examples from the book to explain how the author establishes the size and scale of the war.
Part 2) Discuss the impact of the scale of the war on the men of Bertrand's squad.
Part 3) Based on information in the book, and in particular the analysis of logical men like Cocon and Bertrand, speculate about the factors that contribute to the necessity of the large force sizes seen in the novel.
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